War memorial displays frogopoly

A game that was played by Australian prisoners of war during World War Two has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial.

The gambling game called Frogopoly was created by Private Bill Marshall while he was a prisoner in Java, Indonesia.

War Memorial historian Dr Lachlan Grant says it was used by the POWs as a distraction from camp life.

“This would have given them a small opportunity to take their minds off the difficulties of surviving in the prisoner of war camp”.

The game uses a poker dice to determine which hand-carved frog could move forward, and how far.

Dr Grant says POWs gambled cigarettes.

“Its also a communal game, there would have been quite a large crowd looking on and having an interest in the outcome”.

Frogopoly was donated by Private Marshall’s family and is now on display.


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